Have it your way: the Burger King of BPM

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Ok, much has been made of the BYOD (Bring your own device) phenomenon just now and it’s fair to say that the extension of processes across mobile devices internally is affecting BPM at a pace unseen for years. The changing face of interaction with both business to business and also business to customer is accelerating faster than most can keep up. It’s the “consumerisation of IT” say the analysts.

But here’s a thought: what if we allowed customers and people alike to BYOP (Bring your own process) ? The effective consumerisation of process (and everything within it) !

Think about it, we allow BPMS to constantly monitor and tweak processes according to feedback mechanisms which are (mostly) internal, but do we ever truly allow the customer to control just how that process interaction, direction and speed should take place ? Should we ever for that matter ? And if not, why not ?

And what if Big Data and MDM suddenly wandered into the welcoming arms of the customer themselves ? We hold their customer records, but we erect chinese walls preventing them from actually doing anything with it.

What if everybody had a private cloud which were effectively mini master-data-portals that WE accessed. Suddenly control of accurate data would be in the hands of the customer as would the responsibility of maintenance, not with 1, 10, 100 organisations they’re registered with.

Would it lead to business process chaos, is it something we need to fear or welcome ?

After all, we spend every waking moment trying to give the customer what they want, at what point do we really achieve it……

I’ll have mine with extra mayo….

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Theo Priestley
Theo Priestley is Vice President and Chief Evangelist at Software AG, responsible for enabling the marketing and voice of the industry's leading Business Process, Big Data/ In-Memory/ Complex Event Processing, Integration and Transaction suite of platforms. Theo writes for several technology and business related sites including his own successful blog IT Redux. When he isn't evangelizing he's playing videogames, collecting comics and takes the odd photo now and then. Theo was previously an independent industry analyst and successful enterprise transformation consultant.

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